OMAHA, Neb. - Former Auburn swimmers Mark Gangloff and Eric Shanteau advanced to the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke Monday night at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.
Gangloff, a 2005 Auburn graduate, earned a berth in the finals with a time of 1:00.20, winning his heat and clocking the third-best time of the two semifinal heats. Shanteau, a member of all four Auburn NCAA Championship teams from 2003-06, had the fourth-best time in the semifinals with a 1:00.27.
It will mark the second straight Olympic Trials where both men will swim in the 100 breast finals. In 2008, Gangloff took second and Shanteau finished fourth in the event. Brendan Hansen, a two-time Olympian in the event, had the top semifinal mark with a 59.71.
"I feel really good with where I am right now," Gangloff said. "With the morning swim, I didn't want to invest a whole lot of emotion into it because I knew that this race tonight, and then tomorrow night, will be a big emotional toll. I feel like I still have a better swim in me."
NBC will televise the final as part of its coverage Tuesday, beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
In other Auburn action Monday night, rising Auburn junior Olivia Scott came within a quarter of a second of making the finals in the 100m butterfly, posting a time of 58.99 in the second semifinal heat. She was only .05 away from her personal best time of 58.94.
"It was a little bit better than my morning swim, which was good," Scott said. "I just wanted to stay relaxed and have fun. It was right around my best time, so I was pretty happy with it."
In the same race, Dana Vollmer set a new American record with a time of 56.42. A pair of swimmers with SEC ties advanced to the final as Tennessee's Kelsey Floyd and former Tennessee swimmer Christine Magnuson finished sixth and eighth, respectively.
Three swimmers officially punched their ticket to London on Monday. Ryan Lochte, a former Florida standout, won the men's 400 IM final. Peter Vanderkaay, a former Michigan swimmer and bronze medalist in the 200 freestyle in 2008, won the men's 400 free. And Florida junior Elizabeth Beisel will make her second Olympics appearance after rolling to victory in the women's 400 IM.
In all likelihood, three other Americans are also headed to London. Michael Phelps (men's 400 IM), Conor Dwyer (men's 400 free) and Caitlin Leverenz (women's 400 IM) were the runners-up in their respective events; in its current format, no Trials runner-up has been left off the U.S. Olympic Team.
The second day of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials gets underway at 10 a.m. Tuesday. A total of 19 swimmers with Auburn ties will be competing in the women's 100 back, men's 200 free, women's 100 breast, men's 100 back and women's 400 free. Live results and live video are available through USASwimming.org, and NBC Sports Network will carry tape-delayed coverage of some preliminary heats beginning at 5:30 p.m. NBC will have live coverage of the finals at 7 p.m.
Auburn Swimming & Diving
2012 U.S. Olympic Trials - Day One Finals
June 25, 2012
CenturyLink Center - Omaha, Neb.
Women's 100 Butterfly - Semifinals
10. Olivia Scott - 58.99
Men's 100 Breaststroke - Semifinals 3. Mark Gangloff - 1:00.22 (advances to finals)
4. Eric Shanteau - 1:00.27 (advances to finals)